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Turning 18 with HT: ‘I believe a person’s actions should matter more than making money’

Seerat Dhanoa, the outgoing head girl of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, Mohali, wants to become a lawyer and bring about a positive change in society

punjab Updated: Jun 11, 2018 23:04 IST
Ribha Sood
Ribha Sood
Hindustan Times, Mohali
Seerat Dhanoa says the idea of equality should be promoted to make India a better place for all.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT)

Name: Seerat Dhanoa

Born on: August 5, 2000

Badge of honour: Head girl, Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, Mohali

What turning 18 means to me

Turning 18 is a welcome new phase in life. I’m excited about the new experiences and adventures coming my way. It’s a stepping stone towards taking up new responsibilities and becoming independent.

What I want to be and why

I want to become a lawyer. I am aware of injustice being done in the country, so I want to bring about a positive change in society. I want to be a law abiding citizen, a professional who genuinely practices and protects the law. I have cleared the law entrance for Christ University, Bengaluru, but I am keen to join Panjab University.

My idea of India

India is a dynamic country that has been developing ever since independence. It has diverse cultures, values and a rich heritage. Indians have always been growing and exploring new avenues as a nation.

What makes me happy

Spending time with my mother Simrit, father Premjit and brother Raunak makes me happy. Visiting our village, Rupalheri, and listening to good music adds to my happiness.

What makes me angry

I am good at controlling negative emotions but liars and cheaters make me very angry. I don’t like people who harm the innocent and lack empathy for others.

My fear and fantasy

I have a fear of heights. My fantasies keep changing. Right now, I imagine myself doing something meaningful and great in life that will make me proud of myself.

Am I happy where I am?

Yes, I’m happy as I have got a good score in the Class 12 results. Though there is some confusion over a career choice, I’m trying to be positive and stay excited about the future.

What money means to me

Money is not the most important thing in life for me. It is necessary for survival. I believe a person’s actions should matter more than making money. I want to be a better person and not a rich person.

What makes me proud of India

The Indian family system where everyone is closely connected and understands relationships is something that I am proud of. India is a diverse country and the idea of unity in diversity here makes me take pride in our strength as a nation.

What I can’t live without

I can’t live without my family and friends. My father is a captain in the merchant navy and my mother is a homemaker. Raunak is studying in Mayo College in Ajmer in Class 9. I’m very attached to two of my friends, Jaskirat and Gurman. I also can’t live without my phone.

What social media means to me

Social media is important. Our lives revolve around it. With social media you’re never lonely even if you’re virtually alone. Misuse of social media for cybercrimes is the only issue that needs to be checked.

Change I want to see in Mohali

Mohali is a small city that is well organised. I have no complaints or suggestions for change as I am satisfied living here.

Changes I want to see in India

Discrimination on account of various factors needs to be changed in our country. People should be judged by their actions and not on the basis of caste, colour and creed. The idea of equality should be promoted to make India a better place for all.

What religion means to me

I don’t believe in following any religion blindly. Recently, I have been reading the Banis of Sikh gurus that made me believe in the concept of the true lord, formless, unstained and unmarked.

My role model and why

My school teachers from the commerce department, Seema Benipal and Anevash, are my role models. They have always encouraged me to work hard and be persistent in my quest for success.

First Published: Jun 11, 2018 14:47 IST